Shaolin Wahnam Mountain Retreat

Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

Best For: Athletes who say "Om"
Christian Bale in Batman Begins, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Vol. 2—Hollywood loves the lone warrior venturing into the mountains to get whipped into shape. But that's just for the big screen, right? Not exactly. At the Shaolin Wahnam Mountain Retreat, which sits 4,900 feet above sea level on the border of Costa Rica's Chirripó National Park, you'll learn the secrets of qigong, a meditative practice cultivated by sixth-century Shaolin monks, and the martial art tai chi chuan. But the weeklong retreats aren't about winning street fights. They're about improved skeletal alignment, circulation, and balance. Guests stay in casitas near the Talari River. From $1,600 per week, all-inclusive; shaolin-wahnam-center.org

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